What is PolarTREC?

PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which educators (both formal and informal) from the United States spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. 

Image: The 2019 PolarTREC Cohort and project management team pose for a photo outside the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus during orientation week.

Expedition Timeline

Use the interactive timeline below to explore with the new cohort of educators and researchers!

Find people, expeditions, and resources

PolarTREC has hosted 193 expeditions and houses over 2,000 resources for educational use.

Locate Team Members

Check out our member directory to locate a team member from a current or previous PolarTREC expedition.

Follow Expeditions

All current and past expeditiions are listed in reverse chronological order for viewing.

Find Resources

Lesson plans, activities, articles, web links and more can be found in our resources section.

PolarTREC Updates

8 April 2019 PolarConnect with Kim Young and the Winter Respiration Project

This webinar focused on the research that teacher Kim Young participated in over the summer of 2018 in the Arctic. She was part of a team that is researching seasonal changes in the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released from permafrost soils in Alaska. You can read more about her experience and the research here. During this event, members of her team were on hand to answer your questions.


Expedition Countdown

From the frozen tundra down to McMurdo station, educators are preparing to head out to experience the excitement and challenges of field research first hand.

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Featured Polar Media Album

Winter Respiration in the Arctic

Full resolution photos are now available on the Polar Media Archive for PolarTREC teacher Kim Young's Winter Respiration in the Arctic expedition to various locations around Alaska, that took place from August 17th to September 16th, 2018.